A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in February to her first grandchild. Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter, Lorena McKinnon, who has struggled with fertility problems. She's endured dozens of miscarriages since she began trying to have a baby with her husband, Micah McKinnon, three years ago.
The 32-year-old Provo woman said her longest pregnancy lasted 10 weeks. The couple began looking for a surrogate and McKinnon said a friend and sister both considered carrying her baby, but ultimately decided against it. So her mom offered to step in.
"As a family, we have to help each other," Navarro told The Salt Lake Tribune.
Navarro had to undergo hormone shots for three months before an embryo fertilized by her daughter and son-in-law could be implanted. Because of her age, doctors had warned there was only a 45 percent chance the implantation would be successful.
The procedure was a success, and Navarro said she's had a smooth pregnancy carrying a developing baby girl. Both she and her daughter said they've bonded over the experience.
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